Today I did my last long run before the Zooma Half Marathon on June 4. (Some people might think that it was my last long run before the rapture, but I doubt it!)
The 6:00 am weather report was good:
It’s 57°F, Sunny
Although I have to say that even when it’s only in the 60s I prefer a cloudy sky to bright sunshine.
Afer last week’s 12 mile run, I had no worries about doing 10 today, but I wasn’t expecting a “great” run. Allergies had brought me sneezing fits and a big headache last night, and I wasn’t sure that I was fully recovered. For dinner last night I just had 1/2 a Kashi pizza that I split with my husband, and I didn’t sleep very well–I fell victim to late afternoon Starbucks again!
I fueled up with a chocolate Muscle Provider protein shake and one Cliff crunchy peanut butter granola bar, and filled my water bottle with water. I got to the bike path at 6:45 and it already was busy. I saw several groups of women who were in the middle of their runs, and a few others like me just starting out.
My first mile was faster than usual (9:37) which always tempts me to reassess my target pace (whatever that was). My next few miles were in the 9-ish range, so I decided to aim for that.
I’m not used to having so many other runners on the trail when I run. I’m pretty sure it impacted my pace, and got me thinking about one reason why my race pace can be so much faster than my training pace–if our paces are close, I “need” to pass the person in front of me!
The first person I encountered was a woman who was keeping a great pace with nice form. I probably would have been fine staying a bit behind her, but I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to match her pace. I pushed mine a bit to pass her.
The next person passed me–but he was talk, dark and shirtless, so I didn’t mind the view for a while. He had an interesting but inefficient gait–lots of up and down motion.
The next memorable person was a very tall guy. I felt like he was twice my size–I probably came up to his elbows! He also had an inefficient gait, but with lots of side to side motion–almost a sashay!
During the last half of my run I had several sub-9:00 miles, and I decided to try to finish strong and keep that pace. (The last three miles are downhill or flat). My breathing was still pretty easy, but I had to increase the effort for the last mile. When I reached my stopping point, I was psyched to see that my total time was 1:30!
I walked about 1/3 mile back to my car, stretched a bit, and then headed to the grocery store for ice and to Starbucks for a “grande bold” to get ready for my ice bath. The second bag of ice definitely made it much colder, but it was bearable.
After a hot shower and some breakfast, I made these cookies from Corey’s blog (The Runners Cookie):
If this was my last run ever, I have no regrets!
Total Distance: 10.0 miles
Total Time: 1:30
Spilt Times: 9:37, 9:08, 9:03, 9:12, 8:47, 9:09, 8:49, 8:53, 8:55, 8:43